VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 15: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks walks off the ice after a game-day skate before their NHL game against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena February 15, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kesler is returning to the Canucks lineup tonight after missing play because of multiple surgeries. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp